Doc Rivers has come out and claimed that the Los Angeles Clippers have absolutely intentions of trading Blake Griffin before the deadline.
Amid swirling rumours, the Clippers head coach came out and enforced the belief that the currently embattled star will not be leaving LA anytime soon.
Griffin spoke on Tuesday for the first time since his off-court incident that saw him handed a suspension, Rivers followed up the forward and gave his backing to Blake.
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Not Trading Blake
“I’ve told you we’re not trading Blake,” Rivers said, via the Clippers website. “I guess everyone else wants to keep (saying) that, so we’ll let them do it. Not from us at all.”
Rivers went on to add that he's starting to get fed up with the constant reports that Griffin could be on his way out of the door at any given moment.
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“We receive phone calls about every single player, honestly, but it does frustrate me when you hear all that speculation and all that stuff,” Rivers said. “It’s completely untrue. Blake and his people know what’s going on."
Suspension and Incident
Griffin was suspended for four games and docked five games' pay totalling $859,442 for the altercation with Matias Testi at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23.
The incident left Testi needing facial surgery and Griffin with a fractured hand that will take at least another month to recover from.
According to Griffin, however, the two have since made up and just want to move on from the situation.
"I have talked to Matias tons of times since the incident. He actually said it best: 'This stuff happens and we're like brothers and we just have to move on,'" Griffin said.